Beth Somers
Craftsy Instructor

Woodridge, Illinois

Beth Somers is the manager of the state-of-the-art Wilton Test Kitchen and has taught at the internationally acclaimed Wilton School of Cake Decorating and Confectionery Art in Darien, Illinois. While competing on the Food Network's Cupcake Wars, she shined as a champion during season 6. Before joining Wilton, Beth honed her pastry skills at Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Chicago. Beth loves showing people how fun and easy it ... Read Full Bio »

Beth's Craftsy Classes

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The Wilton Method: Get Started Cookie Decorating

Learn how to decorate cookies that will be remembered long after they've been devoured, with guidance from Wilton Director of Content Development, Beth Somers! Beth starts by sharing Wilton's no-fail cookie dough recipe. Then, kiss common cookie-baking mishaps goodbye with Beth's troubleshooting tips for burned edges, misshapen cookies and more. Moving on, make luscious buttercream and pipe it into darling rosettes and ruffles, and learn how to create Beth's special plaid and feather designs using decadent royal icing. Up next, Beth shows you how to confidently work with Candy Melts for a gorgeous marbling effect, and find out how to use rich black fondant to make cute monogrammed chalkboard cookies. Finally, get an exclusive dough recipe for shaped pans, discover how to turn any cookie into a pop and make a variety of spritz cookies for crowd-pleasing results!

$39.99

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The Wilton Method: Baking Favorite Cakes

Learn no-fail recipes and innovative techniques for your best cakes yet with guidance from Beth Somers, Wilton's director of content development. Start by creating a classic butter-based white cake and a heavenly banana variation. Then, learn the tricks to incredibly moist red velvet, carrot and chocolate cakes. Want a lighter treat that still satisfies? Beth shows you how to make a delectable cake roll and a gorgeous lemon-almond chiffon cake. And, find out how to set your cakes apart with a variety of incredible fillings, from silky custard to Beth's tried-and-true triple-berry jam. Master easy-to-make icings, including luscious cream cheese frosting and rich chocolate ganache. Finally, elevate your icings with Beth's tricks for smooth and velvety Swiss meringue buttercream and old-fashioned caramel penuche, and enjoy party-perfect confections that will earn you rave reviews. 

$29.99 $39.99

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The Wilton Method®: Piped Flowers

Walk the path to petal-piping perfection! A timeless addition to cakes and treats, piped flowers are a wonderful choice for special occasions or "just because". In this class, you'll make and use royal icing to pipe a collection of classic flowers that could have come straight from the garden: simple rosebuds, sweet peas and carnations. Then you'll graduate to piping advanced flowers like wild roses, apple blossoms and three-dimensional daffodils. Instructor Beth Somers will also share three cake and cookie projects that are sure to build up your design confidence and help inspiration bloom. You'll even learn to create truly one-of-a-kind flowers with two techniques for variegating your petal colors.

Sign up for our special Wilton class bundle and save $40 on all four classes. It's like buying three Wilton classes and getting the fourth free!

$19.99 $29.99

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The Wilton Method®: Baking Basics

Make cakes with no crumbs, no crowning and no cracking, so you have a flawless decorating surface — every time! Join pastry chef Beth Somers as she demystifies bakeware, pan preparation and measuring techniques. You’ll learn the proper way to combine your ingredients and avoid over-mixing, so you always end up with a tender cake. Then, you’ll see how to level the top of your cake and cut it into layers to make room for your luscious, homemade filling. Beth also will teach you how to use a spatula to spread smooth, crumb-free icing and another “tip” for achieving a rich, textured look. To top it all off, you’ll pipe an easy, elegant star border and embellish further with wonderful decorations!

Sign up for our special Wilton class bundle and save $40 on all four classes. It's like buying three Wilton classes and getting the fourth free!

$14.99 $24.99

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The Wilton Method®: Buttercream Skills

Learn to pipe the buttercream decorations of your dreams, and apply your skills through three festivity-friendly cake projects. Expert cake decorator Beth Somers teaches all the essentials, from achieving the perfect icing consistency and color to filling and handling different styles of decorating bags. With confidence in the basics, you'll be ready to use star tips to pipe borders, zigzags, scrolls, and much more. Attach a round tip to start piping stringwork, latticework, Cornelli lace and writing. Then switch to petal, basket weave and grass tips to pipe textured decorations that make your designs pop! You'll even use a flower nail to bring ribbon roses and shaggy mums to life with ease.

$14.99 $29.99

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The Wilton Method®: Decorating with Fondant

Learn how to work with fondant to transform inspiration into impressive cake creations. With Wilton's own expert, Beth Somers, you'll discover how to make coloring, kneading and rolling out fondant a piece of cake. Beth will guide you through covering round, square and heart-shaped cakes seamlessly in fondant. She'll also teach you functional and fun fondant skills through four fabulous projects. Plus, you'll master an alluring array of fondant decorating techniques, including sweet daisy flowers, eye-catching embossed textures, gilded antique embellishments, a fancy fondant bow, romantic rolled roses and sparkling sugar-encrusted fondant.

$19.99 $29.99

Beth's Projects

Decorated Cookies
Red Velvet Cake
Feather Cookie
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